In its “Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) Policy”, the Executive Board of GEA has committed to a clear policy regarding quality, health, safety and the environment: GEA conducts all business in accordance with the values and ethical principles enshrined in the Global Business Conduct Policy as well as the Codes of Conduct. In essence, the “QHSE Policy” embraces the following points:
- Identification, analysis and efficiently managing of all QHSE risks that occur within the framework of business activities
- Creation of an accident- and incident-free workspace for preventing occupational diseases
- Environmental protection and reduction of energy consumption, waste and emissions
- Provision and maintenance of adequate technologies, tools and processes supporting the achievement of the set goals
- Integration of QHSE into the company’s business strategy and day-to-day processes
Each organizational unit is responsible for defining overall and specific targets with regard to quality, health, safety and the environment, and for developing and implementing sustainable programs for accomplishing these goals. These corporate standards are valid for all individuals acting for or on behalf of GEA.
For implementing this policy, numerous organizational units have installed management systems certified in accordance with DIN ISO 9001, DIN ISO 14001, BS OHSAS 18001 and/or DIN ISO 50001. Since June 2016, GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft, which is headquartered in Düsseldorf, holds all four certifications and heads the unified GEA matrix certification. Now, the company seeks to gradually integrate all certified sites while obtaining certifications for further locations.